Amateur hour

Brandt Snedeker shot a final-round 65 to close out the Wyndham Championship for his 9th career PGA Tour victory. Sneds started the week with a hallowed 59 and held the lead for the rest of the tournament. This win is his first since the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open and his 8th victory in the last 8 seasons.

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Sneds has had a respectable season up to this point, but the win will give him a serious boost as we head into the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He is up to 30th in the points race, has four top 10s since June, and will be carrying a lot of momentum into the final four events. Beyond the FedEx Cup, Snedeker has moved himself into Ryder Cup consideration. While he still has a great deal of work to do to earn a Captain’s pick, his play is trending in the right direction at the right time of the year.
Wyndham Championship Leaderboard

The Bread Man

Tied for the lead on the 72nd hole of the tournament, CT Pan pumped his tee shot out of bounds and had to settle for a T-2 finish. Pan is one of the more consistent players on tour but has yet to notch a top 10 on the season. The T-2 moves him comfortably inside the top 125 of the FedEx Cup points list (63rd) and marks his second runner-up finish in his career. Pan was a stand out at Washington in college, marched right through the Mackenzie Tour and Tours, and is now proving himself on the biggest stage in golf. Expect to see more from him in the future.

His Daughter’s Namesake

Also finishing tied for second at the Wyndham Championship was U.S. Ryder Cup team member Webb Simpson. Webb fired a final-round 62 and shot up the leaderboard on Sunday for his 7th top 10 of the season. The Simpsons named their daughter Wyndham after he won this event in 2011 for his first career victory, so clearly the event means a lot to him.

Other Leaderboard Notes

Jim Furyk and D.A. Points both had their highest finishes of the season with T-4 results in North Carolina. Furyk will captain the Ryder Cup next week but has shown us that he still has some game to compete.

Hideki Matsuyama shot a weekend 129 to finish tied for 11th. Hideki has had a very pedestrian season but looks to be shaping into good form as we head into the playoffs.

Canadian David Hearn was in good position to jump into the top 125 on Sundaybut was only able to fire a 70 over his final round. He will miss the playoffs by about a dozen spots.

FedEx Cup Movers

The Wyndham Championship closes out the final regular season event before the FedEx Cup Playoffs begin next month. Here are some players who moved in and out of the playoffs based on their performances this week.

In - Harris English (T-11, 132 to 124), Nick Taylor (T-8, 129 to 119)

Out - Martin Pillar (MC, 124 to 126), Tyrone Van Aswegen (MC, 125 to 127)

Match Play on the Monterey Peninsula

In one of the most dominant displays in USGA history, Oklahoma State’s Viktor Hovland defeated Devon Bling 6&5 to win the US Amateur on Sunday. Hovland never saw the 18th hole in match play and only saw the 17th hole twice in his 6 matches. He only trailed for 1 of his 91 holes of match play.

Hovland will be entering his junior season at Oklahoma State this fall. The Cowboys were extremely dominate in their NCAA title victory over the summer and will return to defend their title in 2019. Expect Hovland and the Cowboys to be just as good (if not better) as they were last year.

Return of the Punchbowl

The punchbowl green is one of the more unique architectural features you can find on a golf course. It features a green that filters golf balls to the center and leaves the golfer with a sense of uncertainty from the fairway. Read Andy’s full article on the history of punchbowls, and be sure to check out his video in either the article or on YouTube below.

Graduation day

Sungjae Im closed out the Winco Foods Portland Open and the regular season money list title on the Tour. The Winco was the season finale for the Web Tour, and 25 players earned their PGA Tour Cards for the 2018-2019 season. A few notable names among the 25 include Sam Burns, Cameron Champ and Wyndham Clark. Tour Money List.

Next week marks the start of the Tour Finals, where the top 75 from the Tour and 126-200 on the PGA Tour will duke it out for four weeks and 25 cards on the PGA Tour.

Thunderbear roars

Paul Waring topped Thomas Aiken to win the European Tour’s Nordea Masters, but the big story was Thørbjorn Oleson’s 4th-place finish. The Dane’s strong play allowed him to sneak past Ian Poulter on the Ryder Cup points list and snag the final spot. Oleson’s play the last few months has been stellar, notching a win and four other top-six finishes in his last nine starts. Everyone’s favorite Englishman will now likely be a Captain’s pick for France.

Quick Hooks

Sung Hyun Park closed out a rain soaked Indy Women in Tech Championship with a playoff victory over Lizette Salas. Leaderboard

Rory McIlroy is skipping the Northern Trust next week to try and recapture his game. Story

Tyler McCumber has three victories and a solo 3rd-place finish in his last four starts on the Mackenzie Tour.